January 30, 2015

Dare County says Attorney General
will investigate Outer Banks gas prices

Dare County announced today that the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office has launched an investigation into high gas prices along the Outer Banks, as formally requested by the county Board of Commissioners last week.

According to the county's news release, the Attorney General’s Deputy Director for Consumer Protection called county officials Friday morning and said that the Attorney General’s Office takes the issue seriously and has assigned senior level staff to investigate, looking for evidence of price gouging, collusion or antitrust violations.

While there was no time frame provided for completion of the investigation, an assurance was made that appropriate actions will be taken if evidence is found.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners approved the letter to Attorney General Roy Cooper at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, describing exorbitantly high gas prices as a concern for those who live on the Outer Banks and the many who travel here.

Chairman Bob Woodard stated, “We appreciate the quick response from the N.C. Attorney General’s Office on this matter and look forward to hearing results of their investigation. Dare County will provide information regarding their findings as soon as it’s available.”

Click here to read the commissioners' letter to the Attorney General.

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